The Places visited in the Story
The Mountains of Eryri
Snowdon (the snow hill or fortress), gives its name to the National Park, although it is just one mountain inside the largest of the three national parks of Wales (845 sq.miles). The area in known in Welsh as Eryri and contains several mountain ranges, with l5 peaks over 3,000 feet.
The highest point is Yr Wyddfa (3,560 ft), named after Rhita Gawr, a giant killed by King Arthur and said to be buried in a cairn (Gwyddfa Rhita ) on top of the mountain. Into one of its lakes, Llyn Llydaw, the mighty Excalibur, (Caledfwlch ) was thrown by Arthur, mortally wounded nearby.
This is a place of legend and myth, rugged and ever-changing with the seasons.